My team and I bring a rich background to our college counseling and educational consulting work. My unwavering goal is to help students find their best-fit schools and to do so with integrity—to the student’s passions and my own values.  I have trained extensively as an educational consultant, worked for many years as a therapeutic consultant, and maintain a strong network and professional affiliations through which I keep informed of the latest trends in the college admissions landscape.

My expert writing coaches have backgrounds in journalism, philosophy, and English literature. As a collective, my team shares a sense of altruism about what’s possible when we commit ourselves to the greater good and to remaining true to ourselves—our interests range from yoga and Buddhist studies to art history, science fiction, and taekwondo.

Marcia Kramer
Founder and Educational Consultant

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Marcia founded Plan the Path after a long career as an educator. Before focusing full-time on educational consulting, she was a high school English teacher, the director of a tutoring company, and a therapeutic consultant. Over the years, Marcia has visited hundreds of colleges, post-secondary programs, transition programs, and therapeutic programs. She deftly finds the best-fit schools for her clients, relying on her expertise and active listening to determine where they will be most successful. 

Marcia works with traditional college-bound students as well as those with special needs, including young adults who have learning differences and ASD diagnoses. In addition, she consults with students who have taken non-traditional paths such as residential treatment for psychiatric and behavioral issues.  

Out-of-office respite: Marcia is a dedicated yoga practitioner and loves to hike in the Hudson Valley.

Marcia is a proud member of the following organizations:

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Kate Cambor
Writing Coach

Kate graduated with a BA from Princeton University and a PhD in history from Yale University. A published author, Kate has been a teacher, mentor, writer, and editor for the past 20 years and loves helping young people of all abilities find their voices and discover their talents.  She is an Associate Member of IECA as well as a member of NJACAC, the Gap Year Association, and the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). When she is not working with students, Kate can be found reading, knitting, or spending time with her husband, two daughters, and poodle.

Always on the lookout for: Good Tex-Mex.

Brook Cosby
Writing Coach

Brook coaches writing to help students discover the power they hold to shape their experiences through language. She has been teaching in one form or another for the past 20+ years: as a writing tutor at Dartmouth College while earning her BA, as a teaching assistant in the English department at UC Santa Barbara while earning her MA, as a yoga and meditation teacher in New York City, and as a small business owner training and mentoring a team. She also works as a freelance writer/editor developing book manuscripts, creating web copy and more.

Simple pleasures: Audiobooks and cappuccinos, often while walking the dog.

Siobhan DeRemer
Copy Editor

Siobhan has a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Gettysburg College and also holds a Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. As a lover of all things language, Siobhan utilizes her expert skills and eagle eyes to improve copy at national health and education brands, in both digital and print spaces. She specializes in allowing voices to shine through concise, accurate, and authentic edits.

At her leisure: When Siobhan doesn’t have her eyes on a screen or red pen in hand, she loves to sing; she’s been a classically trained vocalist for over 20 years.

Bill Hirt
Writing Coach

Bill graduated from the University of Minnesota with two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Environmental Science and the other in History. After two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, he got his Master’s from Columbia University Teachers College. Bill has been working as an educator and as a college counselor for 35 years.

Local and global perspective: Bill looks for new ways to keep his carbon footprint as small as possible, and he volunteers for senior citizens.

Jeremy Lehrer
Director of Strategy and Writing

Jeremy, who studied English at Northwestern University, has two decades of experience working as an editor and writer for magazines, books, and websites. He is helping to build Plan the Path’s strategic direction by matching our voice with our vision and developing new ways of sharing our expertise. In guiding students, his goal is to help them express their story in the most compelling, authentic way possible. For Jeremy, talking with students about their personal experiences is deeply rewarding and meaningful, as is the process of shaping essays that express heartfelt stories, insights, and journeys.

Favorite places to immerse: The Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts), science-fiction (anywhere), meditation (everywhere).

A’Nya Marshburn
Administrative Manager

A’Nya completed two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and Human Development and the other in Family Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Her superpower is creating time by building structural systems for a strong foundation. She is helping to organize and manage Plan the Path’s services so that we can increase our reach and efficiently and effectively serve students.

Best relaxation tool: Reading books, listening to music, and meditation.

Lauren Harvey Shlossman
Writing Coach

Lauren is an experienced writing and admissions coach. In addition to dedicating herself to educational consulting, she has been a writing coach since 2011 and an English professor since 2016. Throughout her career, Lauren has developed a reputation for being knowledgeable, resourceful, and detail-oriented, and she is deeply committed to helping students succeed. Lauren excels at helping students discover their authentic voices, guiding them to write compelling essays that stand out in college admissions. Her students often highlight her patience, kindness, and understanding, qualities that have made her a trusted mentor. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University and a Bachelors of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Off the clock: Lauren is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, and foodie.

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